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Charlotte Douglas airport reopens 4th runway

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport has reopened its fourth runway after a review ordered by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Charlotte Observer reported the reopening of the airport's shortest runway comes after the FAA had ordered it closed because of safety concerns. Full story...
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NC court must weigh who decides on execution drugs

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North Carolina's Court of Appeals wants a fact-finding lower court to consider whether an appointed state official or a state rulemaking commission should decide how the state executes convicted killers. Full story...
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Federal grand jury looks into Duke Energy spill

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A federal grand jury is convening as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge. Full story...
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Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon dead at 103

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Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, the deeply private and profoundly wealthy centenarian, has died at her estate in Virginia. She was 103. Full story...
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Judge accepts plea deal in Army general sex case

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A military judge has accepted an Army general's guilty pleas on lesser charges in a deal that includes the dropping of sexual assault charges against him. Full story...
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NC January unemployment rate falls to 6.7 percent

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video North Carolina's unemployment rate is at 6.7 percent and falling. The state Commerce Department reported Monday that January's jobless rate fell from 6.9 percent in December and continues approaching the national average of 6.6 percent. Full story...
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Camp Lejeune Marine to become unit's first female sergeant major

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Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Lanette Wright is becoming the first female senior enlisted leader of a Marine Expeditionary Unit. Wright is scheduled to take over Friday in a 1 p.m. ceremony. Full story...
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McCrory aide: Raising teacher pay to take years

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Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is responding to criticism about changes affecting public schools and teachers by saying it's listening and looking for ways to build statewide consensus. Full story...
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Pulitzer winner Joel Brinkley dead at 61

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Joel Brinkley, a former New York Times reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1980, has died. Full story...
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Python reported stolen from Charlotte school

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Officials are searching for a ball python that they say was taken from a Charlotte school science lab. Full story...
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Judge postpones hearing in coal ash lawsuit

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A federal judge is postponing a hearing on a lawsuit filed by an environmental group claiming Duke Energy violated the Clean Water Act by allowing its coal ash pits to pollute a major Charlotte waterway. Full story...
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NC coming up against another food stamp deadline

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North Carolina's health secretary says it will be "extremely difficult" to erase a backlog of outstanding food stamp applications by the end of the month to comply with demands from federal regulators. Full story...
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Local governments could face $100 business tax cap

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Legislators at the General Assembly are interested in streamlining how local governments can tax North Carolina businesses in a move that could take away millions of dollars from the state's largest cities. A committee that focuses on tax issues unveiled Wednesday a new version of a bill that would repeal the business privilege license tax municipalities can charge and replace it with a new tax that would be capped at $100 per business location. Full story...
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New negotiations begin on future of Dix campus

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Negotiations between officials from the state and the city of Raleigh have begun again regarding the future of the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus. Full story...
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Tumult over military sexual assaults far from over

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The turmoil over how to end an epidemic of sexual assaults in the US military is far from over as Congress haggles over legislative remedies and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain. Full story...
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